Dr. Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson is Professor of Music and Music Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As a Fulbright Scholar, he was also Visiting Professor at the Orff Institute and Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. A graduate of the University of Arizona, the New England Conservatory, and Emory University, Dr. Johnson completed his Orff Levels and apprenticeship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Central Connecticut State University, and Georgia State University. A certified Orff Levels instructor (basic pedagogy, recorder, and movement), he has been a teacher-educator for two decades, having presented courses and workshops throughout the world. Dr. Johnson is also an international authority on general music education with a focus on music listening and integrated arts education. His publications include several books, book chapters, and numerous articles in eminent research journals.


Darla Meek

Darla Meek serves as Music Education Coordinator at Texas A & M University-Commerce, teaching undergraduate and graduate music education classes and supervising student teachers. Certified in both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk, Darla serves as a teacher trainer for the American Orff Schulwerk Association in both Movement and Level I Pedagogy for Orff Levels courses.

Darla is the author of three resources for elementary music specialists, Journey Around the Globe with Recorder! and Flight 2: Another Journey Around the Globe with Recorder! published by Sweet Pipes, Inc., and All Things Bright and Beautiful published by Choristers Guild. Her articles have appeared in The Orff Echo, The Chorister, and the Kodály Envoy. She presents professional development sessions for teachers at the district, regional, state, and national levels.


Allen Moody

Allen Moody, a native Memphian, is the Orff Music specialist at Idlewild Elementary where he teaches music for kindergarten through fifth grade. Under his direction, the Idlewild Recorder Ensemble performed at the 2014 AOSA National Conference in Nashville, TN as well as ArtsFest and Spotlight on the Arts in Memphis. Allen is an
active member in the Memphis Chapter of AOSA, serving as the chapter secretary from 2011 – 2013 and currently serving as the chapter program chair. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Memphis in May 2009 where he studied flute with Bruce Erskine and his Master of Music in Music Education. Allen completed his Orff certification in 2012 at the University of Memphis. His recorder instructors have included Ellen Koziel and Carol King


Betsy Carter

Betsy Carter is an Orff Music specialist at Snowden School in Memphis, TN, where she teaches grades K-5. She has served as an Orff Mentor teacher and curriculum writer for Memphis Shelby County Schools for 9 years and currently serves as an AOSA Digital Mentor. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Betsy completed her Orff Levels at the University of Memphis, masterclasses at Trinity University and Anderson University, and her apprenticeship at Anderson University. Betsy is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music and has written several articles for the Orff Echo. Her specialties are curriculum development, grant writing, and community partnerships.

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